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Talking to Children about Racial and Ethnic Violence

The news of anti-Asian and anti-Black racial violence around the country this past year has been heartbreaking. Having conversations with kids about it is essential, but it's not always easy. Experts offer tips to help parents navigate these difficult conversations. 


Below are some resources we think can be helpful for caregivers and other child professionals to guide conversations about racism and social justice.   


  • Racial trauma, is harmful to children’s development and well-being. Child Trends' resources help caregivers support children's emotional well-being amid anti-Black racism, racial violence and trauma. View resources.
  • Parents magazine shares tips for discussing anti-Asian racism and violence so children feel safe and empowered to affect change. View article.
  • Connecticut Children's developmental pediatrician Robert D. Keder, MD, offers guidance for families on how to talk to their children about racial inequality and social justice. Read blog.
  • The Child Mind Insititute offers advice for helping kids process news on racism and violence. Learn more.
  • How to Teach Kids About Race guide was developed by that includes information and resources for social workers and adults who work with infants/toddlers, school-aged children, and teens. 
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network shared a video on helping children cope with media coverage of racial trauma. View video.




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